Food for Thought Friday: What is Learning?

by Kristie Burk

I am currently reading a book called How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School edited by John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking and published by the United States National Academy of Sciences’ National Academies Press. I came across this quotation that really made me pause:

“The meaning of knowing has shifted from being able to repeat and remember information to being able to find and use it.  The goal of education is better conceived as helping students develop the intellectual tools and learning strategies needed to acquire the knowledge to think productively.” – Herbert Simon, Nobel Laureate

Here’s some food for thought this Friday: Do you agree that learning is less about knowing information and more about finding it? And, if so, how does this belief shape your teaching? Let us know at!


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